AEAF Awards by Category
Below you will see listings and videos of the finalist and winning projects, category by category.
Enjoy a spectacular display of the best in Animation and VFX from around the world.

Congratulation to all the Finalsts and Winners
If the experience of judging AEAF entries has shown us one thing this year, it’s that the craft and business of creating VFX and animation is changing fast. As the need for speed has continued to grow, building efficiency and optimisation into pipelines has become more important.

But the desire to see exciting, beautiful and emotive work on screens – all screens, from tiny to huge – is still strong, maybe more than it ever was. That desire has led to advances in virtual production, volumetric assets, game engine applications and automation – all of which you can watch in the projects in the reels below. Watching will also convince you that none of those techniques, or even artificial intelligence, can make a difference without creativity, artistry and great stories.

Many thanks to all teams. Your entries keep AEAF Awards going and are appreciated tremendously. The winning projects and finalists are listed below and can be viewed in the reels for each category. We are very pleased to be able to include, in almost all cases, a huge amount of breakdown and behind-the-scenes work in the videos. Enjoy the reels – and celebrate with the winners.



TV Series

House of the Dragon - MPC - GOLD
Star Trek: Picard Season 3 - Outpost VFX - SILVER
Prehistoric Planet Season 2 - MPC - BRONZE

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Rodeo FX - Special Merit Award
Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power - Wētā FX - Special Merit Award
The Lazarus Project - Vine FX - Special Merit Award
The Peripheral - BlueBolt - Special Merit Award
The Sandman - Rodeo FX - Special Merit Award
The Last of Us - DNEG - Special Merit Award

DMZ - FuseFX
Julia - FuseFX
The Mysterious Benedict Society - FuseFX
The Orville: New Horizons - FuseFX
Star Wars: Andor - Rising Sun Pictures
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Rising Sun Pictures
The Rig - Absolute
House of the Dragon - Pixomondo
The Boys - Pixomondo
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - DNEG
The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die - BlueBolt
Fate: The Winx Saga - Freefolk
Warrior Nun Season 2 - The Embassy
War of the Worlds Season 3 - Vine FX
Resident Evil - Episode 108 - Revelations - Netflix
Notre-Dame - La Part du Feu - MPC Paris
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law - Wētā FX
See - Pixomondo
Westworld Season 4 - Outpost VFX
Love, Death & Robots - Night of the Mini Dead - Rodeo FX
The Witcher: Blood Origin - Rodeo FX
Stranger Things Season 4 - Rodeo FX


Feature Film VFX

Avatar: The Way of Water - Wētā FX - GOLD
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 - Wētā FX - SILVER
Top Gun: Maverick - Framestore - BRONZE

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Cinesite - Special Merit Award
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - MPC - Special Merit Award
Bhediya - MPC - Special Merit Award
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Wētā FX - Special Merit Award
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania - Rising Sun Pictures - Special Merit Award

Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers - MPC
Beast - Framestore
Elvis - Framestore
65 - Framestore
Astérix & Obélix: The Middle Kingdom - MPC Paris
Black Adam - Wētā FX
Thor: Love and Thunder - Wētā FX
Cocaine Bear - Wētā FX
Elvis - Rising Sun Pictures - Special Merit Award
Thor: Love and Thunder - Rising Sun Pictures
I Wanna Dance with Somebody - ReDefine
Three Thousand Years of Longing - Fin Design + Effects
QALA Motion - PhilmCGI
Shazam! Fury of the Gods - DNEG
Slumberland - DNEG


Feature Film Sequence

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania - Fin Design + Effects - GOLD
Thor: Love and Thunder - Opening sequence - Rising Sun Pictures - SILVER
Bhediya - MPC - BRONZE

Extraction 2 - Fin Design + Effects
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - Framestore
Slumberland - Outpost VFX


Feature Film Animation

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio - MPC - GOLD
Slumberland - Framestore - SILVER
The Secret Kingdom - Hive Studios International - BRONZE

Beast - Framestore - Special Merit Award



Commercials VFX and Commercials Animation are the biggest, most diverse categories in the Awards, ranging from neat expressive motion graphics to 2D or 3D animated stories, to live action short films for brands with complex visual effects. Sometimes, new filmmaking techniques can even emerge here first, in short form projects like these.

Commercials VFX

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NASCAR 75th Anniversary - The Mill - GOLD
Cartier - Tank - The Mill - SILVER
MARJAN - Eric Will's Director Cut - Juice - BRONZE

James Squire - Alt VFX - Special Merit Award
Sky Sports - Enjoy the Ride - Framestore - Special Merit Award
Carlsberg - Chamber of Secrets - Glassworks - Special Merit Award
Renault - Horses - The Mill - Special Merit Award

Seeing Chang'an Again - Dans Digital
Hyundai - Have You Tried It - Fin Design + Effects
Asda - Have Your Elf a Merry Christmas - Framestore
Toyota GR Corolla - Metalmorphosis. Made Untamed - Heckler
MEITUAN - Transformers - Juice
Lamborghini Revuelto - From Now On - Platige Image
G’Day: The Short - Platige Image
Konoz - Platige Image
Mugler - Angel Elixir - The Mill
eBay - Everyone Deserves Real - The Mill
Koala Kloudcel - VANDAL
Marmite - Baby Scan - Absolute
PepsiCo - Melt for You - The Mill
MIGROS - Christmas 2022 - Glassworks
Nike - Mercurial 25th Anniversary - Fast is in the Air - Glassworks
Pacific Blue - Not Someday. Today - Heckler

Commercials - Animation

Zubr przegania zywiec - Platige Image - GOLD
MEITUAN - Transformers - Juice - SILVER
Virgin Media Ireland - Unleash Your Play - Freefolk - BRONZE

Three - Jeff's World - Framestore - Special Merit Award
M&S Fairy & Duckie - The Mill - Special Merit Award
Orange - Magic is a Lot of Refurbishing - The Mill - Special Merit Award
Audemars Piguet - Seek Beyond - The Mill - Special Merit Award
NAB Wild World - Alt.VFX
- Special Merit Award
Nike - Footballverse - Framestore - Special Merit Award

Nissan - Cells - Blind Pig
The Co-operative Bank - Withdraw From This - Blind Pig
Small Coin, Big Impact - Dog Ear Films
Vuze x McLaren - FutureDeluxe
Lexus - AOC Experience - FutureDeluxe
Rick and Morty - Season 6: Wormaggedon - Golden Wolf
Bose Soundbar - Mighty Nice
Endling - Extinction is Forever - Passion Paris Production
Warframe - Ascension Day - Passion Paris Production
Louis Vuitton - The Mill
Moonpig - Gifting - Glassworks
Coca-Cola - Lunar New Year 2023 - Unlisted
Woolworths - Bricks Farm - VANDAL
Centrum - The Chewables - Goodman Brothers



Live Event Installations & Projections

The Live Event Installations and Projections category attracts projects that prove that being there still counts. These productions are immersive and engaging, created on a grand scale. Resolution, image quality, animation and compositing combine to transform environments to places where viewers become participants.

VIVID 2023 - Lighting of the Sydney Opera House Sails - Curiious - GOLD
VIVD Sydney 2023 - Inside Out - Customs House - Spinifex Group - SILVER
Renaissance Art Vision - Danny Rose Studio - BRONZE

Vivid Sydney 2023- Barerarerungar - Museum of Contemporary Art - The Electric Canvas - Special Merit Award
House of Naturalia - Visual Monkey - Special Merit Award
Eco - Vivid Sydney 2023 - The Electric Canvas - Special Merit Award

Light Key Future of the Maze - Quanlian 25 - Frees Design International
Mission for Earth Habitation - Collider
From the Sails: Light Years - Art Processors
Invincible Corals - Plouf Design
Between You and Me - Eggpicnic
Vivid Kids - Spinifex Group
City of Sydney Sydney New Year’s Eve 2022 - VANDAL
Christmas at the Cathedral 2022 - St Mary's Cathedral Sydney - The Electric Canvas
LEGO 3D Billboard - Heckler
The Callisto Protocol 3D Billboards - Rodeo FX
Callisto Protocol - Inmate Bioprocessing Scan - Rodeo FX
The Matter of Painting - Danny Rose Studio



Game Trailers

The Elder Scrolls Online: Shadow Over Morrowind - Technicolor Creative Studios - GOLD
EA Wild Hearts - The Mill  - SILVER
Need for Speed Unbound Reveal - Realtime - BRONZE

Magic The Gathering: Dawn of the Phyrexian Invasion - Axis Studios - Special Merit Award
Gotham Knights - Plastic Wax - Special Merit Award
EA Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - The Mill  - Special Merit Award

Blocklords: Protect Your House - Axis Studios
Magic The Gathering: March of the Machine - Axis Studios

Shrapnel - Plastic Wax
Multiverse - Plastic Wax
Hogwarts Legacy - Plastic Wax
Mortal Kombat 1 - Plastic Wax
Company of Heroes 3 - Platige Image
The Callisto Protocol - Rise, Dead Man - Rodeo FX
Diablo IV - The Mill

The intensity of the Short Film format makes this category exciting. Telling dramatic stories in a limited time is the perfect challenge for VFX and animation artists, who use their skills to communicate what can’t be expressed in dialogue alone, as demonstrated in the finalist projects here.


Short Film

Black Wing Revolver - Heckler - SILVER
Dreams Never End - Dans Digital - BRONZE

Electric Dreams - Echoes of the Metz Speech - Hasmik Mkhchyan
Fight Your Rival - A Street Fighter Tribute - Jeremy Mansford
Ocean Friends Beyond - Summerland Entertainment
Restarting - Diogo de Oliveira vfx
Life in Smoke - Una Vita in Fumo - Gianluca Fratellini
Hike - Monkeystack
We Will Be Monsters - Plastic Wax
Christmas Story - Platige Image

TV Series - Children

100% Wolf: Book of Hath - Flyingbark - GOLD
Ginger and the Vegeasaurs Season 2 - Cheeky Little Media - SILVER
You Look Yummy! - bilibili  - BRONZE

Kangaroo Beach - Cheeky Little Media

Titles/Openers - TV

Cabinet of Curiosities  - The Mill - GOLD
1899 - Framestore - SILVER
The Staircase by HBO Max - Sarofsky Corp - BRONZE

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here - Absolute
Supercars 2023 - Girraphic Park
The Last King of the Cross - MISTER
Bali 2002 - MISTER
Citadel by AGBO - Main Title Sequence - Sarofsky Corp
Werewolf by Night - Sarofsky Corp
Peacemaker - Sarofsky Corp
The Gray Man - Sarofsky Corp
The Last Year of Television - Dirty Puppet
Stuff The British Stole - WildBear Entertainment


Web Viral

The First Digital Nation - Collider - GOLD
Hispano Suiza - Carmen - MISTER - SILVER
Cobram Estate - Sustainability - Pixel Melbourne - BRONZE

Be The Change - VANDAL
BSides - Meet The Sidetowners - Blind Pig
Health Ability - The Well Family  - Client: Health Ability / Studio: Swinburne Living Lab
A Hyperjump in Ventilation - Colour Andre
Estee Lauder - Emerald - MISTER
King Cloud V - MISTER
NRL Club Rugby League - Motionlab


Mixed Reality

La Pedrera Magical Vision - Glassworks - GOLD
Coca-Cola - Alt VFX - SILVER
Macquarie Centre - Spring - VANDAL - BRONZE

Coca-Cola - Halloween - Unbound
The Iconic - Runway X - VANDAL
Heritage Lanes - VANDAL


Corporate Video

Eight Chifley Foyer Film - pictureDRIFT - GOLD
Porsche Design - Iconic Machined - Manuel Kotulla - SILVER
MEGA - Online Marketplace - Triada Studio - BRONZE

Abey - Creating Possibilities - Cadre Pictures
Flagship Fund - Chello
STRIX - Monkeystack
EDGE - Net Zero - PlusOne



Education & Infographics

Cambrian Life: The Explosion - Trilobite Productions - GOLD
Visualisation of Exotic Pests & Diseases - Charles Sturt University - SILVER
Google Helpfulness: Rise - Google x Baker Boy - Rise to Your Dream - Vandal - BRONZE

Kids Helpline - Hating School - Motionlab
TIMG - Motionlab
Zscaler - Motionlab
Whitelion: The Loudest Call - VANDAL


Event Openers

IMPRINT - TEDxSydney 2022 - Studio 3AM - GOLD
Node 2022 - Vanta Collective - Vanta Collective - SILVER
Mastercard - Brits - Blind Pig - BRONZE


Idents & Stings Broadcast

BBC First - Plot Twist - VANDAL - GOLD
Pixel 7 - Glassworks - SILVER
Vicscreen - Cadre Pictures - BRONZE

BBC First - Dark Side - VANDAL



Robo Ramen - UTS Animal Logic Academy - GOLD
Night Vision - Xinyuan Chen - University of Technology Sydney - SILVER
Reawakened - Francesca Nikolic, Isaac Biag, Michael Cheng, Frank Ling, Aurelia Intan - University of Technology Sydney - BRONZE